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1913

Clever ruse
An interesting story of how the police outwitted poteen makers in Connemara was disclosed at a Special Court in Connemara, when Tom Carter, Mucknigh, was fined £6 for being concerned in illicit distillation.

It appears that for some time Sergeant Gilleese, Costello, had suspected that poteen was being made in the district, but so vigilant were the makers that the police could not discover the illicit still.

At length, the police succeeded by means of a ruse. The sergeant dressed as a woman, and was rowed in a boat by two constables in plain clothes to Mucknigh. The “woman” then proceeded towards an imminence and looked round as though uncertain of the right way.

A stone wall was in the way and Carter emerged from his hiding place to assist the “woman” over. His chivalry proved his undoing. The sergeant seized him, and discovered his hiding place and complete still. Carter’s two sons were on the lookout, but had actually gone down to the boat to talk to the two policemen before discovering their identity.

The strike
The City during the week has been extremely quiet. There has been little to denote that a strike has been in progress, save groups of listless labourers on the streets and the passing of occasional carts driven by an employer or one of his relatives.

Helmeted constabulary men patrol the streets and guard the various factories and establishments night and day, but there has been no attempt at sabotage. The pervading stillness conveys no outward sign of the paralysed trade of the City, that means the loss of hundreds of pounds to the merchants.

The conduct of the labourers has been exemplary, and there has not been the slightest trace of anything approaching organised violence.

1938

Can Irish girls cook?
“When Irish cooks are good cooks, you can’t beat them, because they have instinctive knowledge of the value of food. They appreciate that Irish meat is the best in the world, and that its flavour is not to be disguised by sauces, but brought out by proper methods.

“Owing to the circumstances of our history, and the ignoring of the importance of domestic training and cooking in former times, girls did not get the proper chance of learning, but when the opportunity did come their way, they made the utmost use of it.”

This statement was made by Senator Mrs. Helena Concannon, D.Litt., Lios na Mara, Salthill, who said that domestic economy should be an essential part of every girl’s education and no girl could call herself educated unless she was competent in the management of a home.

Boxing tourney
Irish, Scottish, international and provincial champions were on view at the Salthill tourney on Friday night, when a record attendance of two thousand five hundred people thronged the Pavilion to see some of the best boxing ever staged west of the Shannon.

Stowaways on liner
When the Hamburg-American North-German liner, St. Louis, arrived in Galway Harbour on Friday it had on board two stowaways named Hugh Boyle, of Annaghgree, County Donegal, and Albert Ansberry, who is stated to be an American citizen.

They were taken into custody by the Emigration Officers, and Boyle was discharged after questioning, but Ansberry was detained. They were discovered by a steward when the boat was two days out from New York, and the passengers held a collection for them.

Boyle, who emigrated to New York less than twelve months ago, worked as a porter in the Royal Hotel, Galway. Ansberry is still in Galway jail pending enquiries as to his citizenship. If he is found to be an American citizen, he will be deported back to America.

 

 

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Attendees at the Blessing of Galway Bay on August 15, 1982.

1922

A leader lost

“I have the greatest hope in the Irish people. But what we have got to learn in our public life is the merit of following the unpopular path. We have plenty of physical courage. Moral courage is what we need – and above all, we must develop.”

These words were spoken by President Griffith a few weeks before his death. They were words of inspiration, hope, instruction. They revealed the optimism that carried the man through the gloom of dark years, the discouragements of dangerous days and nights, until at last his bold spirit cleft the clouds, and showed the Irish people light.

They displace as in a flash that optimism that bore him through to triumph, that spirit that inspired all his acts, that courage that held him in the fairway when others wandered into by-paths, and the constructive genius that, had he lived, would have seen an Ireland even in his own day that could stand four-square every wind that blew.

O’Connell has been described as the Irish Liberator, the great tribune of his people. Griffith laid well and truly the foundations of a movement which won a greater triumph than O’Connell.

Local enterprise

Through the commendable enterprise of Mrs. Payne, Cross-street, the people of Athenry are at last provided with an amusement hall in which they can pass away many a pleasant evening.

The hall, the building of which has been recently completed, is a commodious one and can accommodate quite a considerable number. Already a well-known theatrical company has had an engagement at the new hall when there was a magnificent attendance each night – the entertainment being the right thing in the right place.

In a few weeks’ time this company will return with a greatly enlarged array of artistes, when the townspeople will be treated to something they will not forget.

Practice dances will be held on Sunday evenings, and there is a suggestion to secure the services of a qualified teacher of Irish dances to bring up the rising generation with a knowledge of Irish step-dancing.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Rev Fr Raymond Watters O.P recites a decade of the rosary as the rain begins to pour down during the Blessing of Galway Bay on August 15, 1882.

1922

Dawn surrender

National troops operating from Galway and Athenry at dawn on Wednesday morning surrounded an area about four miles between Liscananaun village and Aucloggeen, on the eastern side of the Corrib, and after a smart movement captured nineteen irregulars, with their officers, twenty-two service and Mauser rifles, a number of service revolvers and automatics, and considerable quantities of ammunition for bombs.

The National troops were under command of Co-Commandant Austin Brennan, O.C., Galway area, and the various battalion and company officers, and the plan to surround these villages, which lie in a marshy waste between the Curragh Line, or Galway-Headford road, and the main road from Galway to Tuam, was evolved after information had been received that a number of irregulars were quartered there, and were commandeering sheep and foodstuffs from people in surrounding districts.

Slowly and silently, accompanied by a Lancia armoured car on which machine guns were mounted, the National troops moved out from Galway shortly before two a.m. on Wednesday. One column took the Galway to Headford road, the other taking the Tuam road.

The column operating on the Headford road swung to the right beyond the Cregg river, taking the road to Drumgriffin. By dawn they had taken up extended formation in the woods around Cregg Castle, and this formed a trap into which the irregulars were subsequently driven.

Trade unions position

Mr. Cathal O’Shannon, T.D., in his presidential address at the Trade Union Congress on Monday, declare that organised Labour was separate from and independent of any political party, and would take no dictation from any quarter outside its own ranks.

He strongly protested against militarism, from whatever quarter it came, and condemned the political censorship of thought and opinion, the ignoring of laws relating to the custody of prisoners, the existence of a semi-military police force, and the propaganda on both sides.

The present conflict or strife, he declared, was unnecessary and counselled the Irish workers to keep aloof from it.

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A winner at Ballybrit in July 1964 is led back by its owner and connections.

1922

Civil War impact

Had Ireland enjoyed the blessings of peace this year, the summer and autumn of 1922 would have stood out in our annals as a period when we had entered upon the first stages of real prosperity and welcomed the Irish from overseas to the shores of a free land.

Thousands of Americans came in the earlier part of the season. They had wallets full of money, which they were willing and anxious to spend amongst the people of their own land. To their dismay and keen disappointment, they found Ireland in a state of war.

A holiday in the ordinary sense was out of the question. Many of them turned to the highlands of Scotland; others went to Oberammergau, and other parts of the Continent; some turned westward again.

The daily Press has been full of the impressions of these visitors. Some of them had gone through experiences which tinged these impressions with rankling bitterness. We can imagine what they will say when they return home!

Ireland has lost by this fratricidal strife morally as well as materially, and the tragedy is that the loss has yet to be fully accounted, and that it comes upon a nation that has just secured its freedom after a struggle of centuries and at a time when we need all the wealth and work we can secure for national reconstruction.

It is now a matter of doubt whether Galway race meeting can be held this year, as those interested are not keen on courting a failure that would lower the prestige that Ballybrit has won.

Wait goes on for light

The proposed scheme for electric lighting of the town of Athenry has been temporarily postponed owing to the present condition of the country. The proposed capital was to be £3,000, £2,100 of which was to be subscribed by seven directors, while the rest was to be got from shareholders. It is expected that the project will be re-mooted as soon as opportunity offers.

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